Assortment of individuals and their corresponding roles which associate and interrelate deliberately with the holder of a specific role, defining and imparting the ways of thinking or behavioral patterns suitable to that role. See also: role expectations.

ROLE SET: “The theory of the role set was defined in 1957 by U.S. sociologist Robert King Merton (1910-2003).”

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